Our Vision is to guide each child, not just in the moment but for life. The mission is to inspire our students to be lifelong independent learners, develop their sense of wonder and promote them as peacemakers and leaders. Values are
At Sydney Montessori School, our Educational Philosophy and teaching practices are research and evidence-based.
As Montessori educators, we are committed to educating the whole person.
We foster a love of learning and an understanding of the world and our interconnectedness with it.
Curiosity, independence, and achieving your personal best.
Empathy and courtesy
Diversity and inclusivity
Partnerships with our families and community.
Every parent wants the best for their child, especially when choosing a school. We all want our children to be content in their learning environment, developing friendships, and progressing academically. We believe the key difference between our school and other educational institutions is the nurturing environment in which our children learn and grow. It is geared towards the child’s specific needs, natural desire to learn, and most importantly, allowing them to enjoy the process.
The Sydney Montessori School is a co-educational, non-denominational school for children ages 0 – 16. Children learn through the Montessori curriculum while attaining the educational outcomes prescribed by the NSW Educational Standard Authority (NESA) syllabuses. The school has been registered and accredited by NESA.
The Montessori curriculum has been scientifically researched and developed over many years. It continues to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of society. We utilize tactile, hands-on learning, thus engaging both the mind and the body. Specialized equipment unique to the Montessori approach of “ help me to do it for myself” facilitates the child to learn while also encouraging and challenging them to continue learning. The Montessori curriculum goes into great detail, so students can study subject areas to the depth they are interested in and able. This allows us to cater to children of all levels of ability.
Each child belongs to a multi-age group spanning 2 – 3 years. The younger ones have the older children in their group as role models, while the older children learn through sharing their knowledge. This benefits both groups intellectually and socially. It allows them to make friends of different ages. Importantly, it also fosters a strong sense of caring and community.
Dr. Maria Montessori’s first school was in a slum area in Rome. Its name translates to ‘The Children’s House.’ Education and classroom design was geared to the child’s needs, not the teacher’s convenience. Similarly, so too are the Sydney Montessori School’s classrooms. Children may choose to sit at appropriately sized tables and chairs – but many also choose to sit on the carpet! They lay equipment on the floor and work either individually or with friends. They may move about the room freely, yet they are working and learning.
Children learn at their own pace. They progress to the next stage when they have mastered the area they are currently learning. This ensures that they are thoroughly prepared for that next level of their learning. The Montessori approach is child-centered learning. It is essential to realize that while the child may choose what to learn, much guidance and, therefore, preparation goes into these decisions so that each child covers all areas. The teacher closely monitors each child’s progress. They work one-on-one or with a small group, asking questions, checking comprehension, challenging ideas, and assumptions.
Critical to our children’s learning is their relationship with staff. As they are in multi-age groups, changing teachers usually occurs when students move to the next stage, after three years. So each teacher knows the personality and developmental needs of each child thoroughly. A strong, trusting relationship develops between them. Thus a happier, more content child.
Teachers are degree-qualified as per the requirements of NESA, with additional specialized Montessori training. They are committed to each child, watching their journey with dedication and care. A comparatively small school, the Sydney Montessori School, is where children develop intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. We actively foster grace, courtesy, and mutual respect toward each other. Using proven Montessori principles, we work together to build a strong community where families feel they belong. Parents are warmly encouraged to contribute to the school regularly through various activities.